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Protesting "Stand Your Ground"
By Chris Clackum
(NBC News) The parents of Trayvon Martin were among hundreds to gather at Florida's statehouse Monday to urge legislators to either repeal or change the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.
The rally comes weeks after a jury in Jacksonville convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not of actually killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Davis was shot dead after Dunn opened fire on a car full of teenagers he claims threatened him following his complaints about their loud music.
"I'm here to accuse the state of Florida and 25 other states of creating legislation that is nothing more than permission to kill," Lucia McBath, Davis' mother, told the crowd.
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman two years ago. A jury acquitted Zimmerman after he said he feared for his life.
"Florida is failing our young men and women," said Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother. "Florida has to change this law now!"
Protesters are urging the state legislature to at the very least amend the law to read "if you're attacked...but can safely escape without killing someone or risking death yourself, you should".
Florida's legislature is expected to consider several self-defense and use-of-deadly-force bills, but nothing yet on "Stand Your Ground".